Bappa is there and watches over us. This was the feeling that overwhelmed Pashmina Roshan during the Ganesh Utsav. Everyone has their own way and reasons to celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi, and for Pashmina, it is her favorite time of the year, as she likes to take a break and thank Ganpati for everything in her life.
“Ganesh Chaturthi is a festival that we have always celebrated. My family followed the tradition long before I was born. We fiercely believe in Lord Ganesha and are always grateful for the blessings and this beautiful life he has bestowed upon us,” Pashmina tells us.
However, like most people who welcome Ganesha on the first day of the festival and practice immersion on days they wish, Pashmina says her family celebrations are somewhat different from usual.
“We do not follow the tradition of visarjan. Our Gapnatiji is still at home, in the mandir. On his birthday, we bring him into the room, throw him a big party, celebrate, and after that, unhe phir se mandir mein sthapit kiya jaata hai,” she continues, “And we keep things very traditional. My favorite thing is not to leave Ganpatiji alone; someone must always be there (with him). It becomes even more special at night when we have to sleep in the same room with Ganpatiji, give him milk and just sit with him near the diya light in peace.
Speaking about preparing for the festival, the 27-year-old shares that it all starts weeks in advance. “Everyone gets involved, and because we’ve been celebrating Ganpati for years, we’ve pretty much got the routine written down. Everyone has their designated role, but we report to a boss: my mother (laughs). She is responsible for monitoring everything, and I learned everything from her,” shares Pashmina, adding, “While my mother designs the clothes, mandap and jewelry for Ganpati ji. I take care of the flowers. We wake up at 4 am and collect our flowers from the Siddhivinayak temple and Dadar market, and after weaving a few into ladis, we start decorating our house. This is where I let my creativity flow by creating floral rangolis in different areas of the house.
Speaking about her special connection with the festival, Pashmina says that while she is full of gratitude throughout the year, it amplifies even during the festival. “And it’s not just one thing; that’s all. Everything is illuminated. And just like in life, it’s always the little things – the shared laughter, the gleam in each other’s eyes – that make you say, “Ah, Bappa is here; He watches over us.” It means a lot,” she gushed